Apparently moved by public comments about last Saturday’s sufferings experienced by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Ad-Hoc staff it engaged for the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, promised automatic employment for NYSC members who excel themselves during the exercise.
The commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the promise during the commission’s daily briefing in Abuja.
He said that the commission valued NYSC members very highly and would never joke with their welfare, assuring that any NYSC member who “do exceptionally well during elections” will be employed by the commission.
Yakubu said that he had met with the Director General of the NYSC with a view to arranging how mattresses used by the corps members during their camping could be taken to the various polling centres where the NYSC ad-hoc staff would be engaged in the conduct of the elections this Saturday.
He expatiated: “The youth corps members are among the most educated, most reliable, most patriotic, and most readily available ad-hoc staff we have… so we don’t joke with the well being of corps members.
“Arising from my interaction with DG NYSC yesterday, they are looking at how they can mobilise mattresses, used by the youth corps members in camp to places where the youth corps members are going to stay the night so that the layover before we open the polling units on Saturday can be more comfortable for them.
“I am waiting for the DG NYSC to submit the details to the commission, but I want to assure you that anything that the commission can do to make the corps members comfortable, and all other staff, including their welfare and security, we will do.
“Those who do exceptionally well during elections are accorded automatic employment by the commission. We would continue to improve on the welfare of corps members during elections and do whatever we can to protect them in the course of election duty”, Yakubu assured.